Hot Mess to Shabby Chic Coffee Table

Hot Mess to Shabby Chic Coffee Table…

Trolling the neighborhood on one of our tree lawn treasure hunts we came across a pathetic but gorgeous table.

shabby chic coffee table garbage night

I instantly fell in love even with its chipped paint, actually because of its chipped paint.

shabby chic coffee table before

Once we got the coffee table home and inspected it further we realized “she” was a hot mess! The center piece was made of particle board. Due to moisture the board was damaged and beyond repair. We also discovered that the molding around the top was not made of wood but some type of preformed resin. Luckily this was salvageable.  It gets more interesting, huh? Luckily the base and legs were also in good shape and just needed to be scraped and sanded.

I removed the top by flipping the table over and unscrewing it from its base and legs. Our carpenter/my hubby told me to start removing the particle board away from the trim. I started digging into the mushy board with a screwdriver and removing chunks of it with pliers.  Once there was a big enough hole, Bob was able to pull the board away from the trim.

shabby chic coffee table in progress

We purchased a new piece of birch plywood for this project. Using the trim piece, Bob then traced the outline of the table top onto the plywood and cut it out with a jigsaw. We reattached the resin trim with glue then we used wood filler to fill in some holes and cracks.

shabby chic coffee table top repaired

I sanded and scraped the whole table. I applied a coat of primer and then two coats of Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint in Snowflake.  Miss Lillian’s paint has the look of high end chalk paint but without the need for waxing.  We definitely plan on using Miss Lillian’s paint again.  You can purchase Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint at Sweet T House’s ETSY Shop.

shabby chic coffee table base painted

We reattached the table top with screws. Since I was originally attracted to the distressed paint job, I chose to distress this table again by simply sanding the edges, legs and corners with sandpaper until my desired look was achieved. 

Now this “Hot Mess” has been transformed back into “Shabby Chic”!

shabby chic coffee table staged close up

Kathy staged our latest resurrection at Mamita’s (our Mom’s) house.

shabby chic coffee table distance

We call Mamita’s home “The Cottage”.  It’s so cute and charming.

shabby chic coffee table side

This shabby chic table was perfect for photographing in Mamita’s living room.

shabby chic coffee table cropped

Table measurements:  36 3/4″ x 24 1/4″ x 16 7/8″ tall

shabby chic coffee table top

Shabby Chic Coffee Table (SOLD)


shabby chic coffee table staged

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Happy Salvaging! -Karen

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18 thoughts on “Hot Mess to Shabby Chic Coffee Table

    • Hi Mary, we agree! About half the furniture (or more) in each of our homes are probably refurbished and/or garbage & thrift finds. They have such character :) Thanks for the comment!

    • Hi Lyndsay, thanks again for the comment! And stay cool in that 90 degree weather (soooo jealous!)….it’s about 60 degrees here today, if we’re lucky ;)

    • Thanks, Amy. Our Mom had the perfect space to photograph that table and I agree, I love that couch. She refurbished and reupholstered it herself! Thanks for visiting :)

  1. I can’t think of anything else to say but WOW! That is an incredible transformation! You both did an amazing job with this-WOW!

    If you have a minute to spare I would be so thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G’day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a great addition.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
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